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Tamron55-200mm f/4-5.6 Di-II LD Lens for Canon Digital
 
4.2

(based on 17 reviews)

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92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (9)
  • Lightweight (9)
  • Easily interchangeable (7)
  • Consistent output (6)
  • Durable (5)

Cons

  • Slow focus (5)

Best Uses

  • General purpose (9)
  • Sports/action (5)
  • Wildlife (4)
  • Landscape photography (3)
  • Portraits (3)
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Pretty Good Telephoto Zoom

Bought this lens about 2 years ago as my second SLR lens to compliment the Canon 18-55mm kit lens that came with the Rebel XT. It has performed very well for me. I've...Read complete review

Bought this lens about 2 years ago as my second SLR lens to compliment the Canon 18-55mm kit lens that came with the Rebel XT. It has performed very well for me. I've used it to get some very good candid portrait shots of my family as the lens lets you slip out of the action and take shots from the fringes where people forget you are there. Best shot of my mother-in-law taken with this lens at 200mm.

Used it just last week in Hawaii to get a really good shot of a humpback whale jumping out of the water. Even though the boat had to stay 300 ft away, the whale is not just a speck in the ocean, it's a good chunk of the photo. If you search my username on flickr (same as in the review) you can see some great examples of what this lens can do.

A side note so that the rest makes sense, I've since bought a few other Canon lenses and upgraded to the Rebel XTi.

There's really only one bad thing about the lens and that is that the focus is slow and tends to hunt a bit. It's a lot slower than my Canon 28-105 USM and a little slower than the aforementioned 18-55mm. There've been a few times where I've had to switch to manual focus in order to catch a bird before it flew away as the lens hunted for a good AF.

A very minor con is that, compared to my Canon 18-55mm and 28-105mm, it turns the opposite way to zoom in. Those are the only other Canon zooms I own so I don't know if it's consistent through all Canon lenses. If it is, then it's pretty annoying that Tamron has it backwards. When I've spent a day using a Canon or this lens and then switch to the other one, I spend a few shots twisting the barrel the wrong way to zoom in. However, a good photographer shouldn't have to switch lenses very often so this is only a very minor annoyance. Of course, if you have a Canon on one camera and the tamron on another (as a wedding photographer might do) then you might find it excruciatingly frustrating.

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Good Lens for the price.

For under $200 this is a good lens. It's light, produces descent pictures and has macro capabilities. This should be a first lens, or a compliment to your Kit lens though and not...Read complete review

For under $200 this is a good lens. It's light, produces descent pictures and has macro capabilities. This should be a first lens, or a compliment to your Kit lens though and not an upgrade. I use this lens as a small, light alternative when I'm walking around with family. It's not a bad lens, but focus is slow on this lens, detail is a bit soft and it is much louder than other lenses I own. But I have to keep reminding myself that it's half the size and weight of my Canon 70-200 and was a great price!

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4.0

Wonderful inexpensive lens

By Tim B

from Queens,NY

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Lens Creep

Best Uses

  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Macro Photography

Comments about Tamron 55-200mm f/4-5.6 Di-II LD Lens for Canon Digital:

I take close up pictures of flowers, and I found this lens to be a great addition. To my close up lens collection. The lens construction could be better. But with its low cost price tag. I think that you get a very good lens for the price.

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5.0

Tamron 55-200 Macro for Canon

By Fotonerd

from Wichita, KS

About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Quick Focus

Cons

  • Weak Casing

Best Uses

  • Landscape Photography
  • Sports/Action
  • Wildlife

Comments about Tamron 55-200mm f/4-5.6 Di-II LD Lens for Canon Digital:

For indoor and outdoor use to shoot closer pictures.

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4.0

A good purchase for those on a budget

By Mike

from San Antonio, TX

About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Lightweight
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • General Use

    Comments about Tamron 55-200mm f/4-5.6 Di-II LD Lens for Canon Digital:

    This product is worth the money. Photography is a hobby of mine, so I was looking for a good, inexpensive telephoto lens, and this product fit the bill. I use it primarily for nature shots. It's relatiely light weight and compact. The images aren't as sharp as I'd had hoped, but photo editing software is basically able to compensate for this shortcoming. Yes, I would recommend it to other amateur photographers, though I'm confident it wouldn't suit a professional's needs. Incidentally, read the lens use intstructions BEFORE you begin using the lens to prevent possible AF harm.

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    5.0

    Love this lense

    By Mark

    from Charlotte, North Carolina

    About Me Getting started

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Quick Focus
    • Sharp Focus

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • General Use
    • Landscape Photography
    • Sports/Action

    Comments about Tamron 55-200mm f/4-5.6 Di-II LD Lens for Canon Digital:

    I am a beginner in photography being tutored by a semi-professional and he recommended your lenses. I find changing them easy and am finding more applications for using them. I have an active family (lake activities, soccer, beach, etc.) so there are many opportunities to capture these unique moments.
    I plan to build out my inventory of lenses as my skill develop and am excited to learn more.

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    5.0

    Great Product for Low Price

    By Redhead Photog

    from Tucson, AZ

    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Lightweight
    • Quick Focus
    • Sharp Focus

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • General Use
      • Landscape Photography
      • Special Effects
      • Sports/Action
      • Wildlife

      Comments about Tamron 55-200mm f/4-5.6 Di-II LD Lens for Canon Digital:

      I recently got a Cannon EOS 30D and found my lens that was on my 35mm Cannon EOS wouldn't fit. Being a little strapped for cash, I was looking for the best product for the price range when I fell upon this product.
      When I recieved my lens, I tried it out immediately, and I loved it! It's SUPER light-weight, and takes great shots. The view through it might be a little grainy, but you get past that when you see how great a job it does in the final outcome shot.
      Overall, very affordable with great results and lightweight for easy travel!

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      4.0

      Nice addition for the price

      By Ivey

      from Orlando, Fl

      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • General Use

        Comments about Tamron 55-200mm f/4-5.6 Di-II LD Lens for Canon Digital:

        I am new to photography and wanted a lens that I could get some up close photographs of my daughter. I love to take pictures and this lens was a nice addition to my collection for the price.

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        4.0

        Pretty Good Telephoto Zoom

        By djotaku

        from Baltimore, MD

        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Durable

        Cons

        • Slow Focus

        Best Uses

        • Closeup Portraits
        • General Use
        • Sports/Action

        Comments about Tamron 55-200mm f/4-5.6 Di-II LD Lens for Canon Digital:

        Bought this lens about 2 years ago as my second SLR lens to compliment the Canon 18-55mm kit lens that came with the Rebel XT. It has performed very well for me. I've used it to get some very good candid portrait shots of my family as the lens lets you slip out of the action and take shots from the fringes where people forget you are there. Best shot of my mother-in-law taken with this lens at 200mm.

        Used it just last week in Hawaii to get a really good shot of a humpback whale jumping out of the water. Even though the boat had to stay 300 ft away, the whale is not just a speck in the ocean, it's a good chunk of the photo. If you search my username on flickr (same as in the review) you can see some great examples of what this lens can do.

        A side note so that the rest makes sense, I've since bought a few other Canon lenses and upgraded to the Rebel XTi.

        There's really only one bad thing about the lens and that is that the focus is slow and tends to hunt a bit. It's a lot slower than my Canon 28-105 USM and a little slower than the aforementioned 18-55mm. There've been a few times where I've had to switch to manual focus in order to catch a bird before it flew away as the lens hunted for a good AF.

        A very minor con is that, compared to my Canon 18-55mm and 28-105mm, it turns the opposite way to zoom in. Those are the only other Canon zooms I own so I don't know if it's consistent through all Canon lenses. If it is, then it's pretty annoying that Tamron has it backwards. When I've spent a day using a Canon or this lens and then switch to the other one, I spend a few shots twisting the barrel the wrong way to zoom in. However, a good photographer shouldn't have to switch lenses very often so this is only a very minor annoyance. Of course, if you have a Canon on one camera and the tamron on another (as a wedding photographer might do) then you might find it excruciatingly frustrating.

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        4.0

        Great lens for the price...

        By Joseph

        from Staten I, NY

        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Slow Focus

        Best Uses

        • General Use
        • Landscape
        • Portraits

        Comments about Tamron 55-200mm f/4-5.6 Di-II LD Lens for Canon Digital:

        This lens is great for landscapes when you want background compression, as well as for portraits. AF is rather slow, so I don't recommend it for action sports or any shooting that requires fast focusing.

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        3.0

        Good Lens for the price.

        By Trailwood

        from Durango, CO

        About Me Semi-Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good value
        • Lightweight
        • Macro

        Cons

        • Noisy focusing
        • Slow Focus

        Best Uses

        • Back-Up
        • General Use
        • Macro

        Comments about Tamron 55-200mm f/4-5.6 Di-II LD Lens for Canon Digital:

        For under $200 this is a good lens. It's light, produces descent pictures and has macro capabilities. This should be a first lens, or a compliment to your Kit lens though and not an upgrade. I use this lens as a small, light alternative when I'm walking around with family. It's not a bad lens, but focus is slow on this lens, detail is a bit soft and it is much louder than other lenses I own. But I have to keep reminding myself that it's half the size and weight of my Canon 70-200 and was a great price!

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        4.0

        Excellent, I love the lens

        By takesalot

        from petaluma ca

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about Tamron 55-200mm f/4-5.6 Di-II LD Lens for Canon Digital:

        love this lens and it was a great price.

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        4.0

        Great and inexpensive Lens

        By Billthe till

        from Tasmania Australia

        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Lightweight
        • Sharp Focus
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • For me None

        Best Uses

        • General Use
        • Portraits
        • Special Effects
        • Upgrade
        • Wildlife

        Comments about Tamron 55-200mm f/4-5.6 Di-II LD Lens for Canon Digital:

        Very impressed with this lens. Only got it this morning and cannot stop taking photos with it!
        As an inexpensive lens it certainly fills the amateur's expectations of quality, detail, in particular in "RAW" mode, on my Rebel Xti.

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        4.0

        Great inexpensive lens

        By Mark B

        from Montville NJ

        About Me Casual user

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Lightweight
        • Sharp Focus

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Sports/Action

          Comments about Tamron 55-200mm f/4-5.6 Di-II LD Lens for Canon Digital:

          I use the lens for taking action pictures of my kids soccer and baseball games. It really gets you close to the action. With my Cannon it works nicely.

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          5.0

          Everyday use versatile lens

          By Kanga

          from Mornington Peninsula, Vic, Australia

          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Good colour
          • Great macro
          • Lightweight
          • Sharp Focus

          Cons

          • plastic mount
          • Poor MF
          • Slow Focus

          Best Uses

          • General Use
          • Landscapes
          • Macro
          • Wildlife

          Comments about Tamron 55-200mm f/4-5.6 Di-II LD Lens for Canon Digital:

          Extremely versatile lens from macro to maximum telephoto.
          IMHO the optical quality of this lens is above average for a budget lens.
          I have taken in excess of 500 photos to date, I am more than happy with the results.
          There is some barrel distortion and CA fringing in high contrast areas, but nothing to worry about. Lens is slightly noisy and slow to focus in poor light, or congested areas for critical focussing.
          On my Canon Rebel XT, I overide the 7 point AF focus, using the top thumb wheel and + button, to shoot with centre spot AF mode only. This will speedup the focussing, especially if shooting small creatures like bees, in congested canopies.
          This is a great lens for everyday use and with a bargain price.

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          3.0

          Not favorable

          By Seilethin

          from San Antonio, Texas

          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Durable

          Cons

          • Loud
          • Poor color rendition
          • Slow Focus

          Best Uses

          • Back-Up
          • Landscapes

          Comments about Tamron 55-200mm f/4-5.6 Di-II LD Lens for Canon Digital:

          I rate it a 3/5 because it has slow and loud autofocus and bad color rendition. Not Ideal as a long distance macro lens as advertised. I feel that it focuses better in landscapes. Although, I have gotten quite a few good shots from it.. With a better lens I could have many more by now. I bought the canon 18-55 kit lens and only use this one for the extended range. This is a good backup.
          For the price, get the kit lens.

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          4.0

          A good enough lens for the price

          By Anonymous

          from Nassau, New providence, Bahamas

          Comments about Tamron 55-200mm f/4-5.6 Di-II LD Lens for Canon Digital:

          I bought this lens a few weeks ago and I must admit I did have some trepidations considering its low cost, you know you usually get what you pay for. Suffice to say it has exceeded my expectations. The IQ is very good but softens a bit at the 200mm range. I would recommend this to anyone who is new to photography or is a on a low budget.

          Problems Encountered: Hunts in low light

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          5.0

          Great lens for the price

          By Carskick

          from Florida

          Comments about Tamron 55-200mm f/4-5.6 Di-II LD Lens for Canon Digital:

          This lens has a great range on the 1.6x form, and hassurprisingly good optics for the price. It remains F4 upuntil 135mm, and is quite sharp wide open. AF isn'tespecially loud, but can make some strange noises sometimes,however, it is pretty accurate, and works well with my 20D'sservo mode. The macro capabilities are great if you don'thave a dedicated macro lens, though if focus begins to hunt,it has to go all the way through macro and back toinfinitely, so focus is fast unless it hunts, which itrarely does under normal usage.It is strong through out it's focal lengths, and doesn'tseriously fall off in IQ at 200mm like many lenses do attheir extreme. Build quality is also quite good for theprice, descent zoom ring and no barrel wobble, the focusbutton is much better than Canon's cheap lenses.

          Problems Encountered: The only real issue with the IQ of this lens is in very highcontrast areas, you get a fringe or CA, but its the color ofthe brighter object, not purple, red, or yellow like usual.While it is a flaw, it is much less distracting than purpleor red CA, which this lens has almost none of.Otherwise, the MF ring is not the best, though you can spinthe hood if you have it equipped, which I find to be a niceMF, and there is also no distance reading. Though this lenshas a plastic mount, it seems quite sturdy, and I have neverlost connection to this lens.

          Previous Equivalent Items Owned: Fuji S6000fd, Canon 17-55mm kit, Canon 50mm

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          5.0

          Good stuff!

          By Seilethin

          from Texas

          Comments about Tamron 55-200mm f/4-5.6 Di-II LD Lens for Canon Digital:

          Good lens. Quite sharp at 55mm and stays sharp all the way out to 200. sturdy build and weighs less than the canon XTi body that I use. The rubberized zoom grip is handy.

          Problems Encountered: Only that the lens tends to hunt a bit in slightly dark conditions.

          Previous Equivalent Items Owned: 15-55 mm kit, 50-200mm sigma

          Items I Recommend: 52mm polarizer or UV filter

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